The European Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment(WEEE) Directive aims to reduce the amount of WEEE going to landfill, by requiring all manufacturers and producers to take responsibility for what happens to the products they sell at the end of their lives.
Why should we recycle waste electrical goods?
From 1 July 2007, new government regulations called the Waste Electrical and Electronic(WEEE) Regulations came into force to encourage people to arrange collection or recycling of old electrical products, rather than throwing them away.
The amount of electrical waste we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.
Each year in the UK we go throw away over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste.
The is the equivalent of 150 thousand double decker buses!
This increase is mainly down to:
Over 75% of waste electrical goods end up in landfill, where lead and other toxins contained in the electrical goods can cause soil and water contamination.
This can have a very harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health. When situated near populated areas the toxins can cause problems to communities as their water and soil is polluted.
Many of the electrical items that we throw away can be repaired or recycled. Recycling items helps to save natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending waste electrical goods to landfill.
To minimize our impact on this earth and to protect the environment for future generations it is important that we are all aware of the consequences of our actions and how we can make a difference.
How can you recycle your old appliance?
We can take back your old appliance on a like for like basis when you purchase your new appliance from us and we will arrange for the old appliance to be recycled. There is no charge for this service when you purchase the new appliance from the Satellite Shop.
The "crossed out wheelie bin" logo
Please be aware that all new electrical & electronic products sold carry the crossed out wheelie bin logo helping you to identify which products are recyclable.